Centaurus EVP

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Fall is just around the corner and just in time

The EVP (beta) for vNext code name Centaurus starts later this month. I’m excited about our upcoming release! We continue to push the technology edge. Looking forward to your feedback. If you want to participate contact me and I will get you in touch with our coordinator.

Also. In case you missed it. Two new certifications for Informix. SPSS and Optim Query Capture and Replay. Promises to be a great tool to incorporate real world workloads into your test environment.


Informix Future


I am a regular reader of the various Informix forums.  I follow closely any commentary that suggests that Informix has no future in the IBM portfolio or the competitive database market. I’ve been a part of the Informix team since 1993 and have had the mission to lead the Informix business since the assets were acquired by IBM back in 2001.  Our goal has been and continues to be to grow the Informix business.  We are constantly evaluating the market and making decisions regarding where we believe we can best leverage the Informix portfolio.  We align our investments so that we are best prepared to realize growth in these spaces.  

Versions 11.50 and 11.70 have been widely adopted.  Our Flexible Grid technology is proving to be an asset for both scale out as well as availability while dramatically simplifying administration and the In memory columnar Warehouse (Query) Accelerator adoption has grown rapidly.

I am happy to make either myself or another member of the team available to discuss the Informix commitment with you and your team.  

I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics.  

Informix Genero – Part of our Modernization strategy


Last month we released version 2.40 of Informix Genero. This is IBM’s second release for this offering and we are excited about some of the new functionality it offers.  We continue to drive compatibility with Informix 4GL constructs and our latest Informix Editions, while at the same time build off of our web development capabilities through new and refined HTML5 and Microsoft Silverlight templates. We’ve made some enhancements to the Studio development environment, as well, that simplify creating new applications using the application modeler. 

You can also leverage native device dependent widgets like combo boxes, progress bars, type ahead, editable query combo boxes and more.  We also added support for SOAP 1.2, Web Services Addressing 1.0, stateful web services and greater control for encryption, network and security. Whether you are taking an existing 4GL application to the web, exposing web services, or extending the capabilities of your current Genero application, you’ll also find benefits related to better performance and memory optimization.

Take a closer look at the new features and download our latest evaluation software and give it a go! You won’t be disappointed. 

IBM InfoCenter – http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/idshelp/v117/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.prognode.doc%2Fgenero.htm

Evaluation Download – https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/download.do?source=swg-in-genero&S_PKG=dl&lang=en_US&cp=UTF-8

It’s also not too late to sign up for the Genero Boot Camp we are holding in San Diego, following the IIUG Conference.  Check out the details below.


Intel Informix IWA benchmark

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I’m noticing the number of players in the in-memory business analytics space growing.  I read a few article over the weekend with various vendors touting their latest technology.  While some offerings may have name recognition, I am very comfortable with the technology we offer via our Ultimate Warehouse Edition and the Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA).  We released this technology early last year after a joint development initiative between IBM Research and the Informix team.    Conceptually the offering is pretty straight forward.  IWA is an in memory columnar database which uses extreme compression to deliver remarkable performance.

Everyone wants to reduce the amount of time required to get access to the right information so that decision makers can make informed decisions about their business.  That is exactly what IWA does – really really fast. What I believe is really appealing about this technology is that the cost of entry is low and because there is no cubes or tuning, the ongoing investment is also low.

Which makes this a perfect solution for Informix customers.  Take a look at  the joint Intel IBM Informix white paper which was published late last year and let me know your thoughts on this technology.

Intel Informix IWA benchmark



Informix in 2012

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I must admit that I am guilty of exactly what I consistently ask my team not to do, which is procrastinate. I’ve known for a long time that I needed to begin using this  medium to share my thoughts on Informix. I’ve justified not doing this because we have many bloggers who do a great job of sharing their ability, advice  and perspective .  I also convinced myself that the newsletter that we were occasionally publishing somehow made it okay….
I’ll start by admitting the obvious. I am biased. I’ve been part of the Informix team for a long time and believe that I’ve been associated with some of the best professionals in this industry. They are good. Really good. If you are an Informix customer then you know that our documentation, support, and technology is the best. Database technology is not a commodity. When a customer or solution provider does a real technology evaluation, we win.    Those of you who run Informix know exactly what I mean.


I hope to become a regular contributor. Check that, I will become a regular contributor. I promise not to procrastinate.


I will see you at the IIUG conference in San Diego.